Car Care Guide: Vehicle Components/Service
Buying a vehicle is a big investment. You wouldn’t take $25,000 and toss it in the trash can, right? But that’s exactly what you’re doing when you fail to take care of your car.
No doubt, it’s a big job. It’s a lot more manageable when you know what needs to be done – and when. Use this car care guide to make a plan for maintaining your vehicle.
1. Battery and cables
The first thing to pay attention to when it comes to your car’s battery is that it should be mounted securely. It’s also important that the connections are tight, clean and free of corrosion.
You should have your battery tested by your trusted mechanic twice a year. If it’s more than 5 years old, it’s time for a replacement.
Though you may not think of them often, when belts malfunction, you may be looking at big trouble – and a major expense.
To head off this scenario, it’s necessary to have your V-belts and serpentine belts checked periodically. Your mechanic will be looking at the tension, as well as for signs of wear, like cracks, fraying, or glazing.
You should replace your timing belt according to your vehicle owner’s manual recommendations. It will typically be between every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.
3. Brake system
Of course, your brakes are one of the most important safety features your vehicle has.
The brake components should be checked yearly. Your mechanic will be looking at:
- Brake fluid.
As always, defer to the advice your owner’s manual provides because it has the most accurate information for your particular make and model.
Generally, the brake fluid should be changed every two to three years or 25,000 to 35,000 miles. Your mechanic will most likely change it during a major brake replacement, as well.
4. Cabin air filter
You can replace this filter whenever you notice that your heating and/or cooling efficiency isn’t up to par, but at least yearly. If you live in an area with a lot of airborne contaminants, you’ll have to replace the cabin air filter more often.
5. Chassis lubrication
Today’s newest vehicles come with lubrication that will last the life of the car. If your car still requires lubrication, your owner’s manual will have information about the frequency.
It’s important to note that your vehicle may need periodic lubrication if suspension or steering components have been replaced.
Get expert car care help
Taking good care of your vehicle will ensure it has a long life and serves you well. Follow this car care guide to make sure you’re protecting your valuable investment. You can trust the experts at your local Conrad’s location for all your car care needs.